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UNSIGNED SPOTLIGHT: Bruise Violet

As we’re being reminded in various areas of American society right now, teenagers are capable of making a positive, and extraordinary, difference in all our lives. They have a fearlessness and desire to try new things, progress, and fight for what they believe in. They don’t stand by and accept the status quo. How on earth does this tie in with our latest Unsigned Spotlight feature? Enter St. Paul, Minnesota’s Bruise Violet, a trio of badass young women making waves in their local scene and beyond with their no-holds-barred, unapologetic…

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UNSIGNED SPOTLIGHT: Forts Like Vana

Every once in a while you come across a new artist and think know they’re going to be massive, and soon. That’s exactly what came to my mind upon hearing Nashville alternative pop trio Forts Like Vana for the first time. The band’s first single, “Love You Right”, released on January 10 and has amassed over 10,000 Spotify plays in just over a month. As proof that the hype train is only just getting started, Forts Like Vana released their brand new EP, This + This = That, on February…

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Features Guest Blogs 

Finding Business in Pleasure

I started touring right out of high school with multiple bands, including Time & Distance and Westland. We were fortunate enough to spend time on the Vans Warped Tour, open for blink-182, and multiple overseas tours including playing for the US troops in Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain. In each one of those bands, I always found myself interested in the business operation and would either manage the behind the scenes goings on or would assist our dedicated managers. While I still tour (never giving up that passion and dream!) I…

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Features The Most Important Thing I've Learned 

The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Listen To The Professionals

This theme is interesting to us, and we decided to talk about our “secret weapon” and also our good friend. All of our songs we record with Andrew Konoplev, who is an excellent sound engineer and a sound producer from Moscow. He is so important to us, that it is practically another member of REMARK. He helps us make exactly the sound that is in our head, that we don’t always know how to get. When you are going to record your first album or you do the first recordings…

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Features Interviews 

Let’s PLAY: F For Effort

The first date of Warped Tour ’17 is right around the corner and we’re getting closer and closer to finding out who will win spots to play the mainstage in the Ernie Ball PLAY! contest. Currently sitting at the #2 spot is Wisconsin punk foursome F For Effort. Drawing influences from bands like Blink-182 and Sum 41, F For Effort is proving they are more than worthy of taking the mainstage just as those bands did before them. Check out our exclusive interview with them below, and get all the info you…

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THE MOST IMPORTANT THING I’VE LEARNED: Be Resourceful

Coming from the little blue collar, southern New Hampshire village I did, access to almost everything was limited, so you learning how to make creative use of what little you had around was essential in gathering any sort of momentum for me.  Take nothing for granted. Take stock of all the good people around you, the locations around you no matter how unconventional. Certainly these days you need to take advantage of the technology around you or those who have access to it and want to be involved in your…

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Features Interviews 

Let’s PLAY: Bad Mary

With just a little over month left in the contest, the Ernie Ball PLAY competition is heating up! The next band we would like to introduce you to is Long Island punk rock quartet Bad Mary! Currently in 3rd place, Bad Mary is keeping the punk lifestyle alive and fans are loving it! Get to know the band by checking out our exclusive interview below! Please follow and like us:

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Features My First Time 

MY FIRST TIME: Soldiers Of A Wrong War

We released our first full length album in January 2011. That same year, in August, we were lucky enough to play as opening act for one of our favourite bands: Panic! At The Disco. We were literally melting because it was really hot outside, but we were also really pumped up because we had the chance to share the stage with one of the bands that we used to listen to a lot back then. We played in front of a really huge amount of people, it was absolutely amazing….

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Let Your Dreams Guide You

This is probably the most important lesson I’ve learned — let your dreams guide you. You have one shot at this thing we call life. That’s it: one shot. If you know what it is you want to do, why you were put on this planet, what moves you — you need to do something about it. Only a small minority of people have this figured out and if you’re one of them, you have a precious gift. And you have to do something about it. Several years ago I…

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Features What I Would Change About The Music Industry 

What I Would Change About The Music Industry: Digitized and Desensitized

One of the things I dislike most about the music industry is also something I really enjoy, so I suppose I’ll have to be the objective Devil’s advocate – or just seem contradictory. What I’m talking about here is technology in distribution. Basically digital music. To preface what follows: when I say I dislike these things, know that my band uses all the digital platforms for our music, and I’d like to think we use them well. But my complaint is that technology has made so much music available that…

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